Articles by Boris Kagarlitsky

A Strange Corruption Case at Aeroflot

In Russia, nobody is surprised by stories of corruption. Neither is there anything new about the way officials accused of bribery and embezzlement easily escape punishment. Sometimes they keep up appearances by simply switching job titles, while lecturing Russians on spiritual values, morality and patriotism.

The Dangers of Specialization

In 1604, King Philip III of Spain suffered a burn while sleeping near the fireplace because no nobleman could be found with the authority to move his chair. That is a good example of the dangers of excessive specialization.

A Fire in the Vacuum of Space

While seated at the breakfast table recently, I noticed a box bearing the mysterious inscription: "Official juices and nectars." I was astonished.

The Kremlin Benefits From Migrants

Murders stemming from domestic violence occur every week in Russia, as they do elsewhere in the world. Most in Russia go unnoticed by the public and unsolved by the police. But after the recent killing in Moscow of 25-year-old Yegor Shcherbakov, the authorities made extraordinary efforts to apprehend the culprit.

Austerity Measures, Russian-style

It has finally happened: the economic course originally instituted by Yegor Gaidar is now playing out.

Employers, Not Migrants, Are the Problem

If there was even one point on which the candidates in the Sept. 8 Moscow mayoral race were in agreement, it was on the question of migrant workers.

Why Voters Don't Care About Mayoral Race

One of Josef Stalin most-quoted phrases is: "It doesn't matter how people vote. What matters is who counts the votes." This describes Russia's elections even now.

We Need Debates, Not a Cheap TV Show

Acting Mayor Sergei Sobyanin's refusal to engage in televised debates with opposition leader Alexei Navalny was met with a sharp reaction from many Russians, who accused him of being a coward.

Kremlin Is Afraid of the Masses, Not Navalny

The authorities made a serious tactical error when a Kirov court handed down a guilty verdict against opposition leader Alexei Navalny last Thursday.

Death Sentence for Russian Science

The government's stated purpose behind the bill to reform the Russian Academy of Sciences was to free researchers from the burden of administering property so that they could devote all of their efforts to pure scientific work.

A Yakunin Scandal About Nothing

The whole thing started with revelations about a mansion allegedly belonging to Russian Railways head Vladimir Yakunin.

Pseudo-Experts Fuel Popular Ignorance

Most Russian journalists are convinced that an "expert" is any person who has an opinion on a particular subject, regardless of that person's field of expertise.

Bolotnaya Farce

The number of political prisoners related to the "Bolotnoye affair" underscores the scope of the authorities' crackdown on the remnants of free political expression and the constitutional right to assembly in the country.

Putin, Not Bolotnaya, Is His Own Worst Threat

As I walked through the crowd gathered on Bolotnaya Ploshchad for this month's anniversary of the May 6, 2012, rally, I experienced a sudden sense of déjà vu.

The Ponomaryov Principle

State Duma Deputy Ilya Ponomaryov once said, "To steal one ruble, it is first necessary to spend nine inefficiently." That slogan should adorn the entrance to the Skolkovo technology park as its official motto.

Tunis, the Birthplace of the Arab Spring, 2 Years On

I first visited Tunis four years ago. I liked its French-Arab feel, the streets that still carried such French names as Lafayette, Jaures and Pasteur, and the tram connecting the city center to the residential area that the locals proudly referred to as a "metro."

The Kremlin's Ostrich Economists

Despite evidence to the contrary, the Kremlin refuses to use the words "downturn," "systemic crisis" or "recession." Instead, it has opted for a deceptive alternative: "a pause in growth."

The Bankrupcty of EU's No-Default Policy

The European elite are more afraid of defaults than Russians are of revolutions.

Chavez Was No Dictator

The Russian blogosphere is sharply divided over the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, with some people expressing vulgar joy at his passing, and others pouring out passionate eulogies.

Medvedev Taking Russia Down a Road to Hell

There is no harm in dreaming about something — unless the dreamer has access to billions of rubles of public money and has no qualms about using it.

Crushing Russia's Labor Leaders

While the public's attention is focused on the 20 suspects arrested in connection with the May 6 protests, we should not forget other political prisoners who fell under the boot of the repressive regime even sooner.

Spain Could Collapse Like the U.S.S.R.

Catalonia has adopted a declaration of sovereignty. To those of us who lived through the collapse of the Soviet Union, this is very much deja vu. Everything here began exactly the same way.

2nd Wave of Crisis Is 2 Months Away

All last year, the global economy teetered on the brink of a major recession. Bullish forecasts that the post-crisis global economy would rebound were forgotten amid concerns over the urgent need to contain regional economic crises and prevent them from escalating into another worldwide economic decline.

Between Gaidar and Keynes

Looking at the hordes of shoppers besieging Moscow stores this holiday season, a person might wonder why there has been so much talk of a crisis.

One Year of Protest Turbulence

Summing up the year, analysts generally agree that the political crisis that erupted a year ago after the December State Duma elections has largely run its course. Last week, Alexei Mukhin's presented a report aptly titled "Has the Turbulence Ended?" in which he praised the authorities for not resorting to excessive force to put down the protests.

Why Did the Police Search My Apartment?

Iwas awakened during a trip to Berlin on Wednesday by a call from my wife. "Our apartment is being searched," she said.

A Senseless Abduction in Kiev

Opposition activist Leonid Razvozzhayev's luck failed him twice.

Building a Virtual Skolkovo

When President Dmitry Medvedev in 2009 announced plans to build an innovation center at Skolkovo, many hoped the idea would not last.

Lawmakers Fixated on Loud Sex and Cats

For a full week, the country watched in amazement as deputies in the St. Petersburg municipal legislature spoke out against sex and noise in their city.

Demonstration Deja Vu

The anti-government rallies in Moscow are becoming something of a tradition, as demonstrators take to the streets about once every month, with the exception of August.